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Promise and Progress - Acupuncture, Real or Simulated, Eases Hot Flashes
Issue No. 1
Acupuncture, Real or Simulated, Eases Hot Flashes
Date: July 16, 2014
Cancer, December 2013
Breast cancer patients who received actual acupuncture treatments and those who received simulated treatments, involving non-penetrating, retractable needles both experienced relief from hot flashes and other side effects caused by a class of drugs known as aromatase inhibitors. The findings of this Kimmel Cancer Center and University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center collaborative study of 47 women support previous reports that even the sensation of skin pricks might be enough to generate natural chemicals that improve symptoms. Larger studies to verify these preliminary findings are ongoing, says Vered Stearns, M.D., Breast Cancer Program Co-Director.
The research was funded by an American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Young Investigator’s Award, a Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and a CRAFT grant from the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Kimmel Cancer Center and Greenebaum Cancer Center receive funding from the National Cancer Institute.
Articles in this Issue
- Headline Makers - Overview
- A Safer Way to Treat Pediatric Brain Cancers
- For Cervical Lesions, Tissue Exam Beats Conventional Blood Tests
- Blood Cells Transformed to Repair Damaged Retina
- Personalized Chemotherapy
- 3D Scans Show whether Treatment is Working
- Alcohol Metabolite Could Increase Cancer Risk in Some People
- Acupuncture, Real or Simulated, Eases Hot Flashes
- New Leukemia Findings
- HPV Oral Cancers and Risk of Infection for Couples
- Molecular Marker of Cancer Drug Response
- Chronic Inflammation Connected to Prostate Cancer
- Fat Versus Brain Cancer
- DNA Damaging Toxins In Food
- Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer
- New Immune Therapy Shows Promise Against Melanoma
- Breathe Easier and Fight Cancer
- Cost-Cutting and Excellent Care Not Mutuallly Exclusive
- The Key to Safe Bone Marrow Transplants Revealed
- Gene-Based Blood Tests Detect Advanced and Early Cancers